Located in Shaw, Espita is exploring the food, drinks, and culture of southern Mexico

Driven by a quest to surface authentic flavors and techniques, Chef Rob Aikens and Beverage Director James Simpson are constantly pushing his team to research and create.  They fuel their creativity with inspiration from their many travels to Mexico, bringing home memories and people they want to honor with their food and drink.

We specialize in Oaxacan cuisine seen through the lens of the Mid-Atlantic.  You will not find traditional Oaxacan dishes here.  Instead you will find authentic Oaxacan flavors and techniques applied to the seasonal bounty of our region, creating a unique experience only available here. Come try DC’s best mole, tlayudas, & mezcal.

Shaw’s best Happy Hour

At Espita, we think Happy Hour specials should actually be special, so we offer our full selection of tacos discounted for the occasion, drink specials including half off Mayahuels and Margaritas, and an assortment of other delicious treats. Swing by after work (or dip out early) and say hi. We’re here for you. You deserve it.

Our happy hour is available wherever you feel comfortable: in our bar, on our heated patio, or in our dining room. You choose. Make a reservation below, or just stop in. 

Call (202) 621-9695 from 2p – 10p daily, or book online with OpenTable.

Lunch (M-F) is first come first serve with no reservations available.

Accessibility Info:

Our main dining room is wheelchair accessible through our main entrance. There is a step, but also a ramp at the main entrance entrance. Since our patio is at a higher elevation than our dining room, to access the patio, there is an entrance from the street to the patio itself.

We are happy to accommodate service dogs in our dining room and patio. Please let us know in advance to ensure we have a table available with space for your companion. If you’d like a bowl of water for them, don’t hesitate to ask. We love pups!

Our bathrooms are gender neutral and one is fully ADA compliant with plenty of space to maneuver.

If you have a disability that needs special accommodation, we will do everything in our power to ensure you have a wonderful dining experience. Let us know in advance if possible, so we can ensure the best possible visit to our restaurant.

Allergy & Dietary Restriction Info:

In addition to our regular menus, we maintain several special menus. Don’t hesitate to ask for one when you check in, or at your table.

Common allergies: Peanuts, Tree Nuts, Dairy, Shellfish, Gluten

Dietary restrictions: Vegan, Vegetarian, Pescatarian

If you have a more rare allergy or dietary restriction, please contact us in advance of your visit if possible so we can ensure you have a wonderful meal. 24+ hours notice is ideal, but even a couple hours notice will give us the time to prepare something special for you.